Vol. 4, Issue 34
Hello friends! There's an excess of Hiddleston in today's post ... you're welcome.
In TV news:
- Here are a bunch of Doctor Who newsbits, including the fact that Matt Smith will have to wear a wig in his final episode and the long-ass wait we have until we'll see Twelve in any episodes of his own.
- Check out these new photos from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Here's a first look at Tinkerbell from season three of Once Upon a Time.
- What's next for Downton Abbey?
- True Blood will finish in 2014.
- Angolan actor Hoji Fortuna has been cast to play ... someone ... in Game of Thrones' season 4. Daario Naharis has also been recast.
- Here are some details on The Walking Dead's fourth season.
- Rob Thomas (the director, not the singer) is working on a modern-day Les Misérables ... about lawyers.
- Jonathan Nolan (creator of Person of Interest) is working on a Westworld series for HBO.
- NBC is looking into a show based on the movie Outbreak.
Here are a couple of promo clips:
There are also glimpses of Sherlock and The Three Musketeers with Peter Capaldi in this upcoming BBC dramas preview.
These Sherlock watercolors by DeviantArt artist Goush are just lovely.
I really like this fan-made Twelfth Doctor intro. (Minus the whole Jenna Coleman bit, mind you.)
In movie news:
- Tom Hiddleston recently discussed Loki and Thor: The Dark World with MTV.
- Bradley Cooper has officially been cast as the voice of Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Bryan Cranston says he won't be playing Lex Luthor.
- Batman vs. Superman will film in Detroit.
- Justin Timberlake would be cool with playing the Riddler to Ben Affleck's Batman.
- Here's a new banner poster for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
- ZOMG. Check out this photo of Ahnold and Harrison Ford on set of The Expendables 3. And one of Ahnold and Stallone.
- Kurt Russell might be joining Fast & Furious 7.
- The latest casting rumors for Star Wars: Episode VII include Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four, Magic Mike) and Rachel Hurd-Wood (Peter Pan) ... and Benedict Cumberbatch. (His spokesperson says nay, however.)
- This is a very interesting blog post on all the stuff in The World's End that you might have missed.
- A teaser poster and subtitle—The Age of Extinction—for Transformers 4 have been released.
- Hayao Miyazaki, one of the heads of Studio Gibli, is retiring.
- Matt Damon has a small, currently secret, role in Interstellar, and here is some more information on the movie's plot.
- Jared Harris (Mad Men, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) has joined The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
- Here's a rundown on the state of development of the film adaptations for Uncharted, Metal Gear Solid and Mass Effect. (Thanks, TGG!)
- The leads have been chosen for the Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation. Charlie Hunnam (Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy) will play Christian.
- Mike Birbiglia has been cast in the adaptation of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars.
Thor: The Dark World
It sure is rainy on the Dark World!
Agh, the Loki feels.
In gaming news, from TGG:
- Dragon Age Inquisition is getting "tactical view" that will help players negotiate battles, and the Qunari will be one of the playable races.
- Here's a trailer for Wind Waker HD that details the game's new "Hero Mode."
- And the official trailer for Grand Theft Auto 5.
- Aaaand a new Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD Remix trailer. (Wes will be getting this as soon as it comes out.)
- Square Enix is offering registered players of Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn a free week of game time as an apology for their at-launch server issues.
- Beware spoilers—This video features Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe talking about Beyond: Two Souls.
- DoubleFine's upcoming adventure game Broken Age will feature the voice talents of Jennifer Hale (Fem!Shep) and Jack Black.
- A new MMO based on LEGO's worlds is in the works. It'll be called LEGO Minifigures Online.
- Both the new SimCity and BioShock Infinite are now available for Macs.
- Capcom has uploaded the official Street Fighter documentary, which was originally produced for the Street Fighter 25th anniversary collectors edition, to YouTube.
- Sepulchre is an interesting looking (and free), short indie horror game currently available only on PCs. For $3, fans get the game plus the soundtrack and a collection of short horror stories written by the game's writer.
- Lots of XBox info this week, including: The Xbox One will be released Nov. 22; only five regions will have voice command capabilities when the One launches; the sound quality of the console's voice chat is apparently much better than the 360; the XBox marketplace has been renamed the Xbox Games Store; the central processing unit has been bumped again, this time from 1.6 to 1.75 GHz; the One won't support external storage at launch; and Xbox Live Reputation scores will not carry over from 360 to One, giving "d-bags" as Wes rightly puts it, a fresh start.
- Microsoft also released a bit more information about their new indie developer program.
- Best Buy has joined Amazon and Gamestop in offering $10 upgrades from Xbox 360 to Xbox One games on a select few titles.
- The Xbox One will be able to support eight controllers at once while the PS4 will support four.
- The PS4 will support voice commands and facial recognition through the accessory camera.
- Sony might be announcing a virtual reality headset for the PS4 at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show.
- The Android based GameStick "console" will be coming to retailers Sept. 30.
- Resident Evil fans can experience the game this Halloween at Universal Studios.
I love the use of space in Ibrahim Moustafa's Avengers series.
There's something very impressionist painting about Dorez Romain's superheroes.
In SCIENCE! and tech news, from the Mister:
- The building blocks of life on Earth likely came from Mars.
- The Sun's nearest twin—250 light-years from Earth—is 4 billion years older, and is helping astronomers make predictions about how our sun will age.
- Twilight phenomena—produced when the sun's rays reflect off of rocket vapor trails in the atmosphere—are really pretty.
- "Trojan" asteroids, or asteroids that share orbits with planets, are surprisingly common.
- NASA's new rocket engine, created using 3D printing technology, has passed its longest and hottest test yet.
- Scientists have mimicked the Big Bang's echo in a new experiment using ultracold cesium atoms.
- The origin of cosmic rays (high-energy particles that cause havoc on electronics and human DNA) is one step closer to being discovered.
- NASA has discovered a giant canyon under a sheet of ice in Greenland.
- Carbyne, a new form of carbon, is stronger than diamonds.
- Australian doctors have helped a woman become pregnant by transplanting her own (frozen) ovarian tissue.
- Embryonic human brains have been grown in a lab.
- The first human trials of a preventative HIV vaccine have been a success.
- Researchers have discovered the time and place of the "birth" of tuberculosis, which, side note, still kills 1–2 million people each year.
- Microbes that live deep under the ocean's floor live very long, very slow lives.
- Genetically altering the cells of mice has led to them living longer lives.
- Some frogs hear with their mouths.
- A Blue Whale's call is the fifth loudest noise on earth.
- Some squids use their tentacles to trick small fish and shrimp to come near.
- Fruit flies can keep their minds sharp into old age if their diet is high in polyamines—which are also found in human foods such as wheatgerm and fermented soya beans.
- Scientists are using magnetically charged ferrofluids to create micro rockets for nanosatellites, which are smart-phone-sized satellites (and aren't science fiction).
- An asteroid impact 12,900 years ago caused a global climate change that killed off the woolly mammoths and other large North American mammals.
- The evolution of language and tools went hand-in-hand.
I also found a couple of items of interest:
- This cosmic "caterpillar" (actually a star forming) looks a whole lot like the original Star Trek's Doomsday Machine.
- A measles-like epidemic is killing wild dolphins.
The Swedish Harry Potter covers are way creepier than the U.S. versions, but man is that Deathly Hallows cover (last one) beautiful!
This interactive Eff/Marry/Kill with the Harry Potter characters is super hilarious. (Thanks, Samar!)
In toy and fashion news:
- Funko is releasing a new set of Thor 2: The Dark World Pop! vinyl figures. You know I
need wantneed the Loki.
- Online retailer Net-A-Porter will be releasing a line of Hunger Games-inspired fashion.
And finally, thank you to all of the lovely women who sent this my way yesterday (Ipsi, Rebecca, Erin, Amanda and Soleil—I <3 you.)